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Minnesota overcomes Jokinen's two goals, beat Coyotes 3-2

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Eric Belanger scored with 9:25 remaining to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Saturday night.

Benoit Pouliot and Mikko Koivu also scored for the Wild, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Minnesota has not lost to the Coyotes in nearly two years.

Olli Jokinen scored twice and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight. Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots to raise his record against Phoenix to 7-0.

Jokinen tied it 2-2 with 2:33 left in the second period when he outfought defenceman Kim Johnsson for the puck just inside the Minnesota zone, skated toward the crease and deked Backstrom to the ice before scoring on a backhand shot.

Minnesota took advantage of a Coyotes turnover to take the lead. Peter Mueller's attempted clearing pass was intercepted by Marc-Andre Bergeron, and the defenceman bounced a pass off David Hale's leg and onto Belanger's stick in the left circle. Belanger shot a wobbler, but the puck slipped over Bryzgalov's pad and into the net to make it 3-2.

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead 7:17 in when Jokinen corralled a long rebound off the end boards and fired the puck into the top right corner of the net from below the left circle.

Pouliot made it 1-1 at 1:29 of the second.

Minnesota took the lead midway through the period when Koivu took a pass from Antti Miettinen and scored from the low slot.

Notes: Jokinen has three goals in two games. ... Coyotes RW Shane Doan has five points in two games, including Thursday's winning goal against Pittsburgh. ... Phoenix's last win in the series was Nov. 14, 2006, at home. ... The Wild played their eighth straight game without Marian Gaborik and fourth consecutive without fellow forward Owen Nolan, who are out due to lower body injuries. ... Minnesota D Tomas Mojzis had an eventful night after originally being announced as a scratch. Mojzis was actually in the lineup, an error not detected by the off-ice officials until Mojzis went to the penalty box to serve a first-period bench minor. He was back in the penalty box for Jokinen's first goal, but his night ended late in the second period when he sustained an upper body injury.

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